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The market for Learning Management Systems is broad, with about 600 vendors worldwide. It makes the selection process quite an undertaking.
A structured approach facilitates the implementation of an LMS enormously. The overall process can be divided into 3 main phases: Evaluation and Selection, Implementation and Operation and Governance.
A thorough needs and requirement analysis guides the evaluation and underpins the final decision as the result of the first phase of the overall implementation process.
The go-live preparation not only consists of the configuration and testing of the new system. During the actual implementation phase a number of critical aspects need to be defined, such as the creation of interfaces with existing systems, permission rights and program structures.
The involvement of major stakeholders is as important as the communication about the progress within the company. The successful go-live marks the end of the second phase and the achievement of a major milestone, which is worthwhile celebrating.
In the third phase structures and processes are defined, which are used on one hand, to ensure a close alignment with operational and strategic goals. They constitute the so-called governance system. On the other hand it is important to create rules and regulations that give all participants binding structures and processes in order to ensure long-term transparency, orderliness, and ease of use, and prevent the LMS turning into a "LM-Mess”. Together the two aspects form the cornerstone for learning excellence, sustainable success and ROI.